Athlete Profile

Paula McKenzie, 31 of Brooks, Alta., thought her competitive career was over when she retired from track and field in February of 1999. Shortly there after, she bumped into a member of the national bobsleigh team during a weight training session and decided to try the sport.

Now she's ready for her Olympic debut.

After only two seasons, McKenzie has achieved some impressive results, including a national-record-setting performance en route to winning the 2001 Canadian Bobsleigh Championships. Prior to that, she finished seventh at the 2001 world championships in Calgary.

In January, McKenzie won a push competition at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, booking her trip to Salt Lake as the second half of Christina Smith's sled.